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LOOK: Seven things you need to know about the new Beitbridge bus terminal

New bus terminal for Beitbridge Border Post. Picture: Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.

New bus terminal for Beitbridge Border Post. Picture: Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.

Published Jun 2, 2022

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Cape Town – The new bus terminal for Beitbridge Border Post, part of the $300 million (R4.6 billion) modernisation of the border post and basic town infrastructure, opened to traffic for the first time on Wednesday.

– According to reports, the Zimborders Consortium, in partnership with the Zimbabwean government, committed $300m for the whole modernisation and upgrade programme in Beitbridge set for completion in April.

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– The initiative is being implemented on a 17.5-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession between Zimborders Consortium and the government.

– The integrated border modernisation project has seen authorities procuring the latest technology linked to the national surveillance centre in Harare.

Latest developments. Picture: Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.

– Zimborders Consortium CEO Francois Diedrechsen said the project had been divided into three phases to ensure civil works were carried out without disrupting the border post, local Zimbabwean media reported.

– Since the project started 18 months ago, border efficiency and the management system have improved, say authorities.

Border efficiency improvements. Picture: Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development.

– The flow of commercial traffic had improved since October last year, with trucks increasing from around 600 to 900 daily, according to the Zimbabwean Chronicle.

– Construction works on Phase 3, which is the light vehicles terminal, will start next month and be completed at the end of November, according to developers.

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